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Hanukkah O Hanukkah
2008 - adding 2 new female characters)
2008 Hanukah Play Cast
Story & Song Lyrics by
Curtis & Carolyn
Cast of Characters:
Reader 1: Narrator
Reader 2: Narrator
Judah Maccabee: Jewish Hero of our story
Mattathias: Judah's father and a Priest
James: A Jew who is not willing to compromise
Emet: A Jew who loves to compromise his Judaism
Saul: A Jew who is willing to compromise when it's
King Antiochus IV (Epiphanes): King of Syria;
Ruling in Jerusalem
Laodice: Antiochus' wife and sister
Nysa: Laodice's daughter
Attendant: The King's evil assistant
Hanukkah O Hanukkah!
Welcome One! Welcome All! This is the story of the Maccabees -
or if you prefer, Hanukkah! Welcome! Welcome! Let me tell you
about the characters in our story tonight.
(Add costumes as you pull spontaneous
actors from the audience)
This is Antiochus IV - also called Antiochus Epiphanes.
(Crown, Roman Robe) Antiochus was born about
215 B.C. and is the King of Syria - and not a very nice person.
He has recently invaded Israel and seized power. He’s even
taken control of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Have you ever
seen a more evil-looking face?
This is Antiochus’ “lovely” wife, Laodice.
(Crown, Roman Robe or Bed Sheet) She was married
to “two” of Antiochus’ brothers before she married him. She is
also Antiochus’ sister!
Laodice has a daughter, Nysa.
(Small Crown, Roman
Robe) And just to keep the facts straight, she is
not Antiochus Epiphanes’ daughter - she’s his step-daughter and
also his niece! Talk about one mixed-up family!
Antiochus has an Attendant, just as evil as he is, who assists
him with all of his “dirty deeds”.(Serving Tray with plastic glass;
Roman Guard costume available from PARTY CITY) You have
to be delicate with these types of comments, but some folks say
you can smell him even before he enters a room! He’s definitely
But enough about these “lower-class” characters. Let’s get on
to the good ones.
One of the heroes of our story is an elderly Jewish man by the
name of Mattathias.
(Biblical Costume, Tallit & Kippa; Breast Plate made from poster
board & construction paper; curly locks made from yarn)
He is a priest from the tribe of Levi. He loves HaShem
and has raised his sons to love Him, too.
Mattathias has 5 sons - the chiefest of whom is our hero,
Costume, Tallit & Kippa; Sword) Look at that noble
chin … those muscles … those rugged good looks … that
Our story also includes three other Jewish men.
James is a devout Jew who spends all of his free time studying
Costume, Tallit & Kippa)
Saul (Holding "Compromise" Sign)
and Emet (Hat & Vest)
are 2 Jewish men who are willing to compromise their faith when
it suits them - and it suits them often!
Now, let’s get on with our story.
1 Maccabees 1
Alexander the Great defeated the Persians and the Medes. He
fought many battles, conquered strongholds, and put to death the
kings of the earth.
Reader 1: He gathered a very strong army and ruled over
countries, nations, and princes. Soon afterwards, Alexander
became sick and realized that he was dying. He summoned his most
honored officers and divided his kingdom among them while he was
Reader 2: After Alexander’s death, his officers began to
rule, each in his own place. They all put on crowns, and brought
a lot of evil into the world.
Reader 1: From this group, came forth a sinful root,
Antiochus Epiphanes, the son of Antiochus the king.
Antiochus: Personally, that sounds a little “harsh” to me.
Me, a “sinful root”? I don’t think so. I do have everything
I’ve ever wanted, though. I rule these people here in Israel,
and if they don’t do what I say, I have them killed. After all,
they’re simply here for my pleasure. Surely that doesn’t make
me a “sinful root”! Does it? Really!!!!
Laodice: No, no, my dearest darling! You’re not any more
sinful than I am. If you were, I’d know it.
Antiochus: Thank you my dear, Laodice. Your encouragement
shows me that I was right when I decided to take you, my sister,
as my wife. Am I a better husband than my brother was to you?
Laodice: You’re a wonderful husband, Antiochus. These
Hebrews are a “lower class” of people. They’re foolish and need
someone to rule over them. They’re fortunate to have you to
“care” so much for them as you do.
Reader 2: Before long, people became more concerned about
pleasing their leaders than about pleasing God. Because of
persecution, it became easier just to try to blend in … and some
Saul: Hey, guys! Let’s make a covenant with these Greeks.
Ever since they’ve been here, we’ve separated ourselves from
them and many evils have come upon us as a result. Things are
never gonna be the way they were, anyway. And like I’ve always
said, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”.
Emet: Sounds great to me, Saul! Count me in!
(Toga on Saul)
Reader 1: This proposal pleased them, and some of the
people eagerly went to the king. He authorized them to observe
the ordinances of the Gentiles.
Antiochus: I’ve got an idea, Laodice! Let’s build a
gymnasium here in Jerusalem and have games according to our
Greek customs. The Jews can participate in the athletic
competitions with our people.
Laodice: That such a wonderful idea. We’ll treat them just
like our friends and relatives.
Attendant: Hear ye! Hear ye! The noble King Antiochus and
his beautiful Queen Laodice have wonderful plans! A Greek
gymnasium will be built here in Israel so that you Jews can join
with us in numerous athletic competitions. The winners of these
games with be given great honor - and even treated like friends
and relatives of the noble family.
James: (speaking to Emet & Saul) Like their friends and
relatives? I’ve seen how they treat their friends and
relatives, and if they want to treat me like that… I think I’ll
Emet: Sometimes you have to compromise a little, James, to
keep everyone happy.
James: Yahweh, Blessed be His Name, would not have us to
mix with these Gentiles. These Greeks will never accept us.
Saul: You’re wrong, James. They’ll love us. You’ll see.
They just don’t like that fact that we act so … different.
James: Different? Just because we cover our heads when we
pray? Just because we refuse to worship pagan gods? Different
because HaShem has given us Shabbat and the Festivals? Saul, we
are different! We’re Jews! We’re the “chosen” people!
Saul: Well, for once, couldn’t He choose someone else?
Reader 1: So they built a gymnasium in Jerusalem, according
to Gentile custom.
Saul: Hey, guys! I don’t know where I come up with all of
these great ideas, but I’ve got another one. Because of the
nude athletic games we sort of stand out as being Jews…you know
what I mean? Why don’t we have the circumcision removed and
nobody would be able to tell the difference between us and the
Greeks when we participate in the games. Trust me! I heard it
won’t hurt a bit!
James: I think Yahweh’s whole idea for the Jewish people
was that we not look and act like everyone else. He wanted us
to be a holy people … set apart for Himself…
Saul: That was then…and this is now. It’s been a long time
since God spoke to Moshe on the Mountain. How do we know that
He’s not changed His mind about some of the things He said so
Emet: I might have been born a Jew, but I’ll die a Greek.
James: You just might, Emet. You just might!
Reader 2: So, many removed the marks of circumcision and
abandoned the holy covenant. They joined with the Gentiles and
sold themselves to do evil.
Saul: Hey! Where are the pretty girls in this story? All
stories have a Hero and a pretty girl!
Antiochus: Well, I’m definitely the Hero. I’ve got rugged
good looks. Just look at this chin!
Laodice: And no one is “prettier” than me! …unless it’s my
beautiful daughter, Nysa.
Antiochus: Yes, my step daughter, Nysa, is a lovely
“Little” thing. A good catch - for someone with the right
price! Bring her out, my dear.
Laodice: Nysa! Hey, Nysa! Come here! (Pause) It takes a
little while for her to get her wooden leg on when she’s not
wearing her glass eye. And don’t you worry about that rash!
Doctors say it’s not contagious!
Nysa: (In a solemn, sarcastic tone) Yes, Mother! What do
Laodice: Your step-father wants you to come out so he can
display your beauty before the Jews.
Nysa: (Sarcastically) I’ve got better things to do than
appease my “Step-Father”!
Laodice: (In a stern voice) Listen to me, young lady! Put
that wig on your bald head and get yourself out here! Right
Antiochus: Is she coming, my dear?
Laodice: Yes, snook-ems! She’s just making herself more
lovely so the crowd will see what a beautiful daughter you have.
Laodice: Yes, that’s what I meant! Step-daughter!
Nysa: Here I am Father!
Antiochus: (To crowd) Behold! Just what you asked for!
Beautiful girls! This is Nysa, my step-daughter!
Saul: (speaking to Emet) If she’s one of the pretty girls,
I’d hate to see the UGLY ones!
Emet: You’re telling me!
Antiochus: I’m bored! Israel just isn’t enough for me
anymore. Hmmm! Perhaps if I ruled over Egypt, too, then I’d be
Reader 2: So Antiochus conquered Egypt and become king of
the land of Egypt as well as Israel.
Reader 1: Antiochus went up to Israel and came to Jerusalem
with a strong force. He arrogantly entered the Temple and took
all the golden and silver vessels (gold cup to Antiochus) as his
Antiochus: Man, this is great! I was born to rule! There
is nothing I cannot do! There is nothing I cannot have! These
fine treasures are too good for these infidel Jews anyway. I’m
sure Zeus had all these fine treasures laid up here … just for
me to … “FIND”. Kill anyone who tries to stop us … or gets in
the way … or just “looks” Jewish. These Jews are the scum of
the earth and I’m getting tired of them. I’ve heard some of
them even have horns and a tail!
Taking all the golden and silver vessels from the Temple,
Antiochus departed, committing deeds of murder as he
traveled…when it suited him…and that was often.
Reader 1: Israel mourned deeply in every community. Rulers
and elders groaned. All the house of Israel was clothed with
James: I thought you said that if we acted like them and
dressed like them they’d accept us, and leave us alone.
Saul: Well, they are leaving some of us alone.
James: Yeah! The dead ones!
Reader 1: Two years later the king sent a Tribute Collector
to the cities of Israel. He came to Jerusalem with a large force
of soldiers. Deceitfully, he spoke peaceable words to them, and
they believed him.
James: What do we do now, Smarty Pants?
Saul: I’m sure all they want to do is talk. “You” stay
here and talk with them. I’ll meet you tomorrow at Zion’s Gate.
Reader 2: But suddenly the armed force fell upon the city,
dealt it a severe blow, and destroyed many people of Israel. The
Tribute Collector plundered the city, burned it with fire, and
tore down its houses and its surrounding walls. On every side of
the sanctuary they shed innocent blood; they even defiled the
Reader 1: Antiochus loved power. He would occasionally go
through the streets giving out money just to gain favor from the
people, and he enjoyed spilling oil on the floor of the
bathhouse and watching people fall. His behavior became so
erratic that his own people nicknamed him “Epiphanes”, meaning
Antiochus: The problem is, we’re just too many cultures
trying to survive. We all should be “one” people.
Laodice: Then why don’t you “encourage” everyone to give up
their own customs and religion, and join us.
Reader 2: Many from Israel gladly adopted Antiochus’
religion and customs; they sacrificed to idols and profaned the
Antiochus: Things are progressing, but I’m still not
satisfied. There are still some of the Jews who are trying to
hold on to their old ways. As a result, I forbid them to offer
burnt offerings and sacrifices. The Sabbath is no different
than any other day. The Jews are just lazy, not wanting to
work. Zeus gave us seven good days … all for work and
pleasure. Their feasts are ridiculous. Our Greek festival days
are much greater and have much more meaning. There’s nothing
like the Winter Solstice Holiday and Ra Day! And by the way, the
common greeting should be “Happy Holidays” … so as not to offend
Laodice: If there is no offering of sacrifices in the
Jewish temple, then there is no need for the priesthood.
Antiochus: This is true! No more priesthood, either!
Their altar in the temple is too small and isn’t appropriate for
our sacrifices. I want to build new altars, and erect statues
of our Greek and Syrian gods here in Jerusalem.
Reader 1: And so they did.
Reader 2: Antiochus even went so far as to have a statue of
Zeus erected on the altar in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.
Knowing the Jews considered swine unclean, Antiochus sacrificed
a pig upon the altar, and then he took the blood and splattered
it within the Holy of Holies.
Reader 1: Israel’s sanctuary became desolate; her feasts
were turned into mourning, her Sabbaths into a reproach, her
honor into contempt. Her dishonor grew as great as her glory.
There was also living in Israel, a priest by the name of
Mattathias, with his five sons. Even though he was almost 80,
his neighbors respected him for his wisdom and courage.
Mattathias: I will not bow to foreign gods, my son.
Judah: How can this Syrian come here, claim to be our king,
and just take over?
Mattathias: Because we let him, son. But HaShem will not leave us in Antiochus’
Reader 1: The Torah says,
“God will bless those who bless Israel, and curse those who
Reader 2: Yet, Antiochus’
Antiochus: Why do you Jews feel as if you can only
sacrifice bulls, and lambs, and goats. Pigs are a lot
cheaper…and besides, if I do that, we can all have a Bar-B-Q
Nysa: (In a whining voice) But I don’t like Bar-B-Q! I
Laodice: (In a scolding voice) Then learn to like it, you
(Speaking to Antiochus) Nysa and I would love some good ole
Nysa: (Sarcastically) Yeah! Maybe some slaw and
Saul: Well, I always heard “waste not, want not”!
James: So, what do you think about all this stuff that
Antiochus has been doing lately?
Saul: It’s not so bad. I love Ra Day. I’m not too crazy
about the tu-tus we have to wear, but as I always say…when in
James: Yeah! Yeah! You said that before!
Saul: Antiochus has suggested that we leave our sons
uncircumcised. He says that it’s cruel to do such a tragic
thing to them when they’re only 8 days old. It would be better
if we waited till they were adults. That way they could make
their minds up themselves if they wanted to be circumcised or
James: Did you say that Antiochus “suggested” not having
your sons circumcised? I believe he actually said that whoever
doesn’t obey his command would die! That’s not much of a
Saul: “B’seder!” OK! So…what do you want to hear me say,
…That I’m sick and tired of this Greek tyrant? Well, I am!
…That I’m tired of looking at his ugly wife and step-daughter?
Well, I am!
…But what can we do!
James: We can pray and trust that HaShem will deliver us!
Reader 1: Antiochus found the books of the law and had them
torn to pieces and burned.
Reader 2: They put to death the women who had their
children circumcised, as well as their families and those who
performed the circumcision. But many in Israel stood firm and
resolved in their hearts to obey the commandments of God. They
chose to die rather than to be defiled, and many did die.
1 Maccabees 2
What good is it to be a priest when we’re not permitted to offer
sacrifices to the Lord, or have our children circumcised, or
even eat our Kosher foods. I’m gonna move my family – including
my sons - from Jerusalem and settle in Modi’in. Judah?
Judah: Here I am, Father.
Mattathias: Have your brothers prepare our livestock to
move to Modi’in. Tell Simon, John, Eleazar and Jonathan to
start packing our things. We’re leaving Jerusalem.
Judah: Yes, Father. I will.
Mattathias: Judah, that fool Antiochus has presumed that
all of Israel will bow before him and conform to his laws. I
have seen the blasphemies being committed in Judah and
Jerusalem. We’re one Jewish family who will not compromise.
Locate and pack as many weapons as you can find, and may the
Eternal, blessed be His name, preserve us!
Judah: I can’t believe I’ve lived to see the ruin of our
people, the ruin of the holy city of Jerusalem, and to live
there when it was given over to the enemies.
Mattathias: The temple has become like a man without honor.
Judah: Her babes have been killed in the streets, and her
youths by the sword of our foe.
Mattathias: We are no longer free, but have become slaves
in our own country.
Reader 1: So Mattathias and his sons rent their clothes,
put on sackcloth, and mourned greatly.
Attendant: (Speaking to Mattathias) You are a leader,
honored and great in this city, and supported by sons and
brothers. Be the first to come and do what the king commands,
then you and your sons will be numbered among the friends of the
king, and you and your sons will be honored with silver and gold
and many gifts. And who knows - the King might even favor you
with an arranged marriage for your son, Judah, to his “lovely”
Mattathias: Even if all the nations that live under the rule
of the king obey him and depart from the religion of his
fathers, I and my sons and brothers will live by the covenant of
our fathers. We will not desert Yahweh’s law and ordinances.
And as far as a marriage between Judah and that witch Nysa is
concerned - that would be a curse - not a blessing!
Nysa: Hey! That’s a little harsh, don’t you think?
Reader 2: When the Attendant had finished speaking, the Jew
Emet came forward in the sight of all to offer sacrifice upon
the altar in the way Antiochus had commanded.
Mattathias: What are you doing, Emet? Have you no honor,
no faithfulness to your God?
Emet: I’m doing as our king has commanded!
Judah: We have no king but Yahweh!
Reader 1: When Mattathias saw what Emet was doing, he gave
way to righteous anger. He ran and killed him upon the altar. At
the same time he killed Antiochus’ Attendant who was forcing
them to sacrifice. Then he tore down the altar.
Let every one who is zealous for the law and supports the
covenant of God come with me!
Judah: We must leave all that we have and flee to the hills
or we’ll be dead by morning. There are many of you who are
seeking righteousness and justice. Bring your sons, their
wives, and their cattle and join with us.
Nysa: (Sarcastically) Now maybe you wish you’d taken that
marriage offer a little more seriously!
Reader 1: Mattathias and his sons united with other mighty
warriors of Israel, every one who offered himself willingly.
They organized an army, and Mattathias and his followers went
about and tore down the altars. They circumcised all the
uncircumcised boys that they found within the borders of Israel.
Laodice: Things aren’t going so well, Antiochus! You
should have killed that Jew, Mattathias, when he first dared to
disagree with your commands and insulted our daughter. Now he
and his sons are wreaking havoc all over Israel!
Antiochus: There’s only a few of them, my darling. Their
momentary zeal doesn’t compare to our military ability. We’ll
crush them before they know what’s happened to them!
Reader 2: But Antiochus’ plan to crush the Maccabees did
not quickly come to pass as he had hoped!
Mattathias: I am an old man, and the days are drawing near
when I am going to die. Sin and pride have become strong in the
land; it’s time for furious anger. Now, my children, show zeal
for the law, and give your lives for the covenant of our
Judah: Was not Abraham found faithful when tested, and it
was reckoned to him as righteousness?
Mattathias: Joseph in the time of his distress kept the
commandment, and became lord of Egypt.
Judah: Phinehas, our father, because he was deeply zealous,
received the covenant of everlasting priesthood.
Mattathias: Joshua, because he fulfilled the command,
became a judge in Israel.
Judah: Caleb, because he testified in the assembly,
received an inheritance in the land.
Mattathias: David, because he was merciful, inherited the
throne of the kingdom for ever.
Judah: Elijah, because of great zeal for the law, was taken
up into heaven.
Mattathias: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego believed and
were saved from the flame.
Judah: Daniel, because of his innocence, was delivered from
the mouth of the lions.
Mattathias: And so observe, from generation to generation,
that none who put their trust in HaShem will lack strength. My
children, be courageous and grow strong in the law, for by it
you will gain honor. Judah has been a mighty warrior from his
youth. He shall command the army for you.
Reader 1: Then he placed his hands on Judah’s head and
Mattathias: Y'-va-re-ch'-cha A-do-nai v'-yish-m'-re-cha;
May you be like Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob! May you ever walk in
the ways and counsel of Yahweh.
Reader 2: Mattathias died and was buried in the tomb of his
fathers at Modi’in.
1 Maccabees 3
Reader 1: Then Judah, who was
called Maccabee, took command at Mattathias’ death. All his
brothers and those who had joined his father helped him; they
gladly fought for Israel.
Judah went through the cities and destroyed the ungodly out of
the land of Israel;
Reader 1: A large force of Gentiles from Samaria gathered
to fight against Israel. When Judah learned of it, he went out
to meet them. Many were wounded and fell, and the rest fled.
It is not the size of the army that determines the victory. Our
strength comes from Heaven. Yahweh himself will crush them
before us, “nu?” As for you, do not be afraid of them.
Saul: Judah’s strength is awesome! He’s like a hammer,
destroying the enemies of God. That’s what his name should be,
Judah Maccabee … Judah the Hammer … “Bone-a-fied” Hero.
(Give Judah a Hammer to hold; Sign around
neck "Bone-A-Fied Hero" in the shape of a Bone)
Then Judah and his brothers began to be feared, and terror fell
upon the Gentiles around them. When King Antiochus heard these
reports, he was angered.
Antiochus: (In an angry voice) I’m mad - I’m mad - I’m
mad!!!! I’m so mad! I’m REALLY mad now! Who does that Judah
Maccabee think he is? I’ll show him that I’m stronger than his
God! I’ll gather all the military forces of my kingdom into one
very strong army. I’ll open my treasury and gave a year's pay to
all who are willing to come against Judah and his followers.
This stupid rebellion of theirs will end!
Laodice: Yes, my dear! And since I’m the High Priestess,
I’ll go to the temple and offer prayers for their destruction!
We’ll show them! Those dirty Jews don’t stand a chance against
our troops and gods!
1 Maccabees 4
Judah was not intimidated by Antiochus’ attempts to crush their
rebellion. Every time Antiochus attempted to crush Judah and
his followers, Yahweh gave the Jews victory after victory.
Judah: Don’t fear their numbers or be afraid of them.
Remember how our fathers were saved at the Red Sea, when Pharaoh
pursued them. Instead, let us cry to Heaven. Yahweh will favor
us and remember his covenant with our fathers and crush this
army before us today. Then all the Gentiles will know that
there is One who redeems and saves Israel.
Saul: Can’t we all just go home?
James: No, Saul! Come on! Let’s blow our shofarim calling
all Israel to battle against these ungodly Gentiles.
(Everyone Blow Shofarim)
Reader 1: They engaged the Syrians in battle
and the Gentiles were crushed and fled into the plain, and all
those in the rear fell by the sword.
Reader 2: King Antiochus sent sixty thousand infantrymen and
five thousand cavalry to attack the Maccabees. When Judah saw
that the army was strong, he prayed.
Judah: Baruch Atah, Yeshua Teinu! Blessed art thou, O
Savior of Israel, who crushed the attack of the giant, Goliath,
by the hand of your servant David, and gave the Philistines into
the hands of Jonathan, the son of Saul. Do it again, O Lord!
Destroy this alien army by the hand of your people, Israel.
Fill these Greeks with cowardice. Strike them down with the
sword of those who love You, and let all who know Your name,
praise You with singing and dancing.
Reader 2: When the Syrians saw the boldness which inspired
Judah and his followers, and how ready they were either to live
or to die, they fled.
Laodice: I think it’s time we leave this morbid place, my
king. What do you think?
Antiochus: That might be a good idea, Laodice!
Nysa: Well, it’s about time! Let’s go to Pompeii! I hear
it’s lovely there at this time of the year, and we’ll not have
any worries living in that peaceful city!
Judah: Behold, our enemies are crushed; let us go up to
cleanse the sanctuary and dedicate it. Assemble all the army
and let’s go up to Mount Zion to do another type of work for the
Reader 2: They saw the sanctuary desolate, the altar
profaned, and the gates burned.
Reader 1: He chose blameless priests devoted to the law,
who cleansed the sanctuary and removed the defiled stones. They
tore down the altar which had been profaned by the Gentiles and
built a new one. They also rebuilt the sanctuary and the
interior of the temple, and consecrated the courts. They made
new holy vessels. Then they burned incense on the altar and
lighted the lamps on the lampstand. They placed the bread on the
table and hung up the curtains. Thus they finished all the work
they had undertaken.
Reader 2: Early in the morning on the twenty-fifth day of
the ninth month, which is the month of Chislev, they rose and
offered sacrifice, on the new altar.
Oil is needed for the giant menorah in the temple. It is
supposed to burn day and night without ever going out. We have
very little oil that has not been defiled by the Greeks.
James: I will go and get kosher oil for the Menorah.
Saul: But there is only enough in the oil bowl of the
Menorah to last for one day, and it will take eight days to
prepare the kosher oil. The flame will go out.
Judah: We’ll have to trust that God will provide what we
need. He didn’t bring us this far to desert us now.
Reader 1: Miraculously, it burned
for 8 days without going out, until more oil was obtained. Why
is it important that the oil lasted eight days? The oil used
in the menorah was the purest olive oil. The rabbis say the oil
was so pure, only the first drop of oil from each olive could be
used. Because of the need for strict purity of the oil, it took
seven days to make a single batch of oil. The small jar of oil
that had not been disturbed should have lasted for a day, but
instead lasted for the entire week that it took to make the new
Judah: Let’s set aside
Chislev 25 as a day to remember Yahweh’s goodness and
deliverance from the Syrians and restoration of the temple.
Just remember, we Jews do not glorify war. Our holiday should
remind us how God provided the oil that was needed to keep the
Menorah burning for eight days while more oil was being
Saul: I told everyone all
along, “Don’t fall for the tricks of those Greeks!!” But no one
ever listens to me!!
James: Yeah, Saul!
(Sarcastically) I remember how firmly you stood against them!
Judah: Yahweh is a God of miracles. Men cannot work
miracles; only the hand of Yahweh can do this!
Reader 1: At the very season and on the very day
that the Gentiles had profaned it, the temple was dedicated with
songs and dancing. All the people fell on their faces and
worshiped and blessed the Lord.
Reader 2: So they celebrated the dedication of the altar
for eight days, and offered burnt offerings with gladness; they
offered a sacrifice of deliverance and praise.
Reader 1: There was great gladness among the people that
the sinfulness of the Gentiles had been removed.
Reader 2: Then Judah and all the assembly of Israel decided
that every year, at that season, they would celebrate for eight
days the Feast of Dedication of the altar. They should be
observed with gladness and joy, beginning with the twenty-fifth
day of the month of Chislev.
Reader 1: To commemorate the holiday, Jews burn a nine
branched candelabrum called a Hanukkia. There is one candle for
each night, plus a Shamash, or servant candle. On the first
night, one candle is placed at the far right. The Shamash
candle is lit and used to light the first candle of Hanukkah,
then placed in its holder. Each night, another candle is added
from right to left - like the Hebrew language. Candles are lit
from left to right, paying honor to the newest one first.
Reader 2: Because of the law prohibiting the lighting of
fire on Shabbat, Hanukkah candles are usually lit before the
Shabbat candles on Friday night, and after Havdalah on Saturday
Reader 1: The Hanukkah candles are for pleasure only. We
are not allowed to use them for any productive purpose. We use
the extra one, the Shamash, to light the others.
Reader 2: It is traditional to eat fried foods on this
holiday because of the significance of the oil to the holiday.
This includes latkes and doughnuts.
Reader 1: Another tradition of the holiday is playing
dreidel, a gambling game played with a square top. A dreidel is
marked with the Hebrew letters: Nun, Gimmel, Heh, and Shin. The
letters stand for the Hebrew phrase “A great miracle happened
Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Ha'olam, She'hecheyanu,
vekiyemanu vehigi'anu laz'man hazeh. Blessed are You, O Lord
our G-d, King of the universe, Who has kept us alive, sustained
us, and brought us to this season.
Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech Ha’olam She-asah Ni-sim
La-avo-tei-nu Ba-ya-mim Ha-heim Biz’man Ha-zeh. Blessed are
You, O L-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who wrought miracles
for our fathers in days of old at this season.
2005 Hanukkah Play Cast
|(L to R) Curtis (Director: kneeling), Joe, Ben,
Cameron, Tayler, Andy, Kirk
2006 Hanukkah Play Cast
|(Left to Right) Curtis (Director), Bill
(Saul, the compromising Jew),
Jesse (Emet, another compromising Jew), Kirk
(King Antiochus Epiphanes),
Lael (the King's attendant), Doug (Mattathias
Maccabee, a faithful Jewish priest),
Paul (Judah, Mattathias' son), Andy (James, A Jewish man not
willing to compromise)
2007 Hanukkah Play Cast
(Left to Right)
Susan (King Antiochus Epithanes), Sheryl (our hero,
Allison (Narrator), Doris (our other hero,
Laura (King Antiochus' attendant),
Jane (the righteous Jew, James),
Janice & Christi (two Jews who chose to
The play had all male
characters and in 2007 we used a female cast
with the exception of Joe who was one of the Narrators.